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Source: NDTV

BCCI Vice President Shashank Manohar has said that the Indian cricketers should “not be paid a single penny” for the way they played in Durban.

Manohar, who has been for long advocating the introduction of the pay-by-performance scheme for the Indian team, added that the Board was not to be blamed for the team’s poor performance.

“We are administrators and we have done our utmost to provide the players with the best of facilities and support staff. It’s the job of the players to deliver on the field, not ours. We at best can take corrective action and measures,” he said

I agree with Mr Manohar for the first two paragraphs, after that, it is hypocrisy. How can you expect the team to deliver if they are not really exposed to bouncy pitches and quality fast bowling? Other than minting money through endorsements and playing politics, how much has BCCI done to the 1st class division of India?

The debate of making lively pitches in the domestic circuit has been on for more than a decade now, but why is BCCI keeping mum about it? The administrators also should take equal blame in this state of affairs of the Indian Cricket team. This is the perfect example of the case where one find the administrators are least bothered of anything except money. I believe BCCI should appoint people with passion for the game in their administrative positions than politicians, who are playing it dirty.

Now comes the second half of the story.

“After the strong statements on the floor of the house over Greg Chappell’s credentials, the Left renewed demands that Sourav Ganguly should be included in the team.”

Would Saurav’s inclusion have made any difference to the team? He has not made any big scores apart from a century in Duleep Trophy. So you cannot obviously take him for his performance in the domestic circuit, if that is a criteria.
One can argue that he has loads of experience with him, but it is more than compensated with his recent poor runs with the bat. So, it is a lousy statement by Lok Sabha.

So, the solution is,

Let politics get out of cricket.

The performance pay should be implemented not only for the players, but also for the officials. It is a collective responsibility.

Else, you can see another Manohar, who will be lashing at the team at another conference 10 years down the line.

These guys are incorrigible right??


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